13 Aug THIRD DIFFERENT QR RACE WINNER CELEBRATED AS QUINN/NGATOA WIN THE ROUND
Race three of the Monochrome GT4 Australia proceedings at Queensland Raceway this weekend has been taken out by the Mark Griffith/Nash Morris #19 Daimler Trucks Brisbane Mercedes AMG, while Tony Quinn and Kaleb Ngatoa have been celebrated as the overall round winners in their #101 Queensland Raceway Porsche Cayman 718.
The race result saw the category celebrate its third different winner from three outings this weekend (for the race one and two reports, click here and here), with Morris crossing the line ahead of Quinn and third-placed Lachlan Mineeff, who was sharing the #56 Prestige Connex Porsche Cayman 718 with Shane Smollen this weekend.
What had already been a big hour of racing had quite the busy conclusion, with the top three positions in hot contention to the end.
After leading a large majority of the race, the race one winning Mineeff/Smollen entry was overtaken for the lead by Quinn with 8 laps to go, before Morris got in on the action to also pass the #56 to move his #19 up into second place with 5 laps to go. From there, he mounted a successful challenge on Quinn in the final three laps to take the lead and ultimately the race win.
Rounding out the race three top five for Monochrome GT4 Australia were the Steve Jukes/Justin Anthony #26 Verv Racing BMW F82 M4 and Chris Pappas in the #8 Cali Beach/Gee Up McLaren 570S. Karl Begg in the #40 Monochrome GT4 Australia McLaren 570S crossed the line in sixth position, while the Todd O’Brien/ Antonio Basile #33 Elev8 Motorsports Ginetta G55 was seventh from 10th on the overall combined running order with Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars.
By virtue of his Fight in the Night victory, which awards extra points compared to races one and three, Quinn was able to clinch the round win with a narrow seven point margin over runners-up Smollen and Mineeff. Griffith and Morris meanwhile claimed third for the round, 10 points adrift of the #56.
“It was all good this weekend. I thought it was a real test for everybody – the night stuff is a real different element to the competition, and I think everyone did well to get through it,” Quinn said.
“It is full credit to all the guys; it was enjoyable to race against them. Everyone did their own thing, and it was good.”
“It was a good weekend. I really enjoyed racing in the night, that was my first proper night race, and I was happy to do a good job out there,” Ngatoa said.
“Tony did some awesome stints and I just had to keep it on the track and finish it off, which was good. If the opportunity comes, I would love to come back, I really enjoyed myself. Thank you to Tony and Queensland Raceway for the good event.”
The 2023 Monochrome GT4 Australia season will now continue with round four at Sandown Raceway across September 8-10 with four x 30 minute sprint races alongside Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars. Entries are open now at www.ausprodcars.com.au
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